Hi genie sorry you've been feeling so bad--glad the docusate sodium is helping.i have ibs-c. i used to take docusate sodium--took it daily for a long time--at least ten years. never had any problems with it. and yes my doc said it was safe too. and it did help with the c---softened things up. and of course i drink a lot of water.and sorry about your doctor problems too. it's so frustrating to have a doc who won't listen, won't take you seriously, doesn't care. hopefully you can find a better gastro doc---it's hard though--i know..